Letters for the week of July 8, 2015 

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Removing the Mural Was Too Much

The mural controversy will keep me away. It could have and should have been saved. No worries, there are plenty of hipsters in the area not concerned with our history. I will continue to go to Sparky's, Barney's, and Fentons if I want a burger, as, on the whole, there are no shortages of eateries on Piedmont Avenue.

Earl Martin Price, Oakland

That Mural Was Art

Hey, Luke Tsai, did you ever see the mural? I have lived in the Piedmont Avenue area for thirty years, and the mural painted by Rocky Rische-Baird, in the same style as his other mural on the Gaylord's building on 41st Street, was both visually impressive and a wonderful historical record for Oakland. There are many people in the neighborhood who are more than a little amazed by the arrogance of the new tenant who took it into his own hands to rip down a distinguished piece of local historical art without bothering to consult properly with representatives of the area. I would normally welcome a new restaurant with some well-prepared offerings, but in this case, all I have is a bad taste in my mouth. Some sort of public apology and good-faith offer to try and make up for what is clearly an egregious error would go a long way to fixing the rift that exists. All I have seen so far from the owner is defensive comments about how he did all he reasonably could have, which has not served him well in the eyes of the neighborhood.

Peter Stokes, Oakland

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